May 3, 2017, 5:07 PM EDT (Updated)
If you're missing weekly stories of androids becoming sentient since Westworld ended, then AMC is ready to fill that gap as its sci-fi drama, Humans, returns for its second season on Feb. 13.
At the Television Critics Association press panel for the series today, co-showrunners/writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent introduced new cast members Carrie-Anne Moss and Sam Palladio, along with returning cast Gemma Chan (Anita/Mia) and Tom Goodman-Hill (Joe Hawkins).
Moss plays artificial intelligence (AI) scientist Dr. Athena Morrow, who is working on creating the path to "synth" consciousness, while Palladio is an Everyman who falls for synth Mia.
An enigmatic character at the start, Moss says of Morrow, "I think she is quite protective of her heart, but in the world of our show, you get to see why she is the way she is. In real life, I'm the kind of person that if I use Siri, I thank her afterwards," Moss jokes. "So I wouldn't want [a synth]. I've said often that in reality, we all look like a bunch of synths with our phones, so it's really happening. [The show] made me reflect on my own life and the use of technology in my family. This season, with the awakening of these synthetics, is a conversation we should all be having."
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Palladio says that "Ed is a human who has never really dealt with synths until the wonderful Anita comes into his life. He's a young guy struggling to make ends meet,and has an emotional connection to his sick mother. So he's got a lot on his shoulders and needs help, and Anita. Their relationship develops in a very interesting way."
The showrunners were asked whether they minded that Westworld entered their same thematic storytelling space last year, but Brackley says the more, the merrier. "From our point of view, it's only a good thing if people are interested in the issues we are all talking about. There's plenty of room for both of us, and probably more about AI. Our shows are very different."
Humans Season 2 premieres Feb. 13 at 10/9c.